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For all you classic S&W fans, I picked up the Lemon Squeezer :)

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by bac1023, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. bac1023

    bac1023

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    I started this thread last week stating that I found an original M40 "Lemon Squeezer" in mint condition with the box and papers.

    http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1463829

    I also mentioned that I'd pick it up later this month or early February. Well, I decided to get it sooner rather than later, due to the overwhelmingly positive response I got. :supergrin:

    All I ever see on Gunbroker are the new "Classic Series" reproductions with the checkered grips, which have zero appeal to me. Seeing an original is pretty special, especially one in this condition, which could very well be unfired. It was bought new by the previous owner at the same shop in the early 70's and was traded back in the same condition it left 40 or so years ago. How cool is that? :cool:

    The M40 is a 5-shot double action only 38 special revolver. It was introduced as the "Centennial" in 1952 to celebrate the company's 100 birthday, but was given the model number 40 five years later. Judging from the sheer lack of them on the used market, I don't believe S&W built nearly as many of these as they did most of their others. I believe M40 production stopped in the mid 1970's along with the M42, which was the airweight version. The reproductions are rated for +P, but I wouldn't try it in this. Quite frankly, I'm not sure I'm going to shoot it at all.

    I had very poor lighting for pictures today, but here she is smooth grips and all. Hopefully, it lives up to the great response I got in the last thread. Its a like new in box and possibly unfired S&W model 40. The bluing and the grips are in perfect condition. :)

    As always, your thoughts are greatly appreciated. This is my first J frame. Thanks!

    I will post some better pics this weekend, but these will have to do for now. :crying:


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  2. bac1023

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    As you can see, it has everything except the wrapper. :)


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  3. NDCent

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    What a sweet find. Congrats!
     
  4. Bruce M

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    Another great find, Sir. According to Mr. Supica's wonderful book, the Model 40 was produced between 1952 and 1974 and total production was about 40,000 units for both the Model 40 and Model 42 (airweight version.) 1971 began the L prefix serial number.
     
  5. ctfireman

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    Good for you. Very pretty.
     
  6. Wyoming

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  7. Short Cut

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    Sweet, didn't they make a nice piece back in the day? :cowboy:
     
  8. bmoore

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    Beautiful, I have always loved the "Lemon squeezer's"
     
  9. SpitFyRRe

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    That's a beautiful gun. Nicely done!!
     
  10. JimM_PA

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    Another classic firearm....well done!
     
  11. RJ's Guns

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    There cannot be many Model 40 or 42 J frames in that condition. You never fail to amaze me how you find firearms in such pristine condition.

    RJ
     
  12. bac1023

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    Thanks Bruce. Mine has the L prefix, so it's early 70's like I mentioned.

    I know it was reintroduced in 2007.
     
  13. bac1023

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    They sure did...
     
  14. bac1023

    bac1023

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    Thanks RJ

    I've always been lucky in that regard. :cool:
     
  15. Congratulations. That is a great addition to your collection, I like S&W snubbies.
     
  16. Beanie-Bean

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    Congrats! Yours looks to be in really great condition.
     
  17. Nakanokalronin

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    Congrats! I saw one of these at a LGS recently, but they were asking a tad too much.
     
  18. Wheeeeeee that was close.

    I had almost as much doubt that you'd buy it as I did that the sun would come up this morning. :rofl:

    Congratulations Bac. Good find.